Exercise #13

tactics exercise 13
White to move. What would you do?

Solution

tactics exercise 13 solution

1. Ne6!

This move takes advantage of the fact that the black rook on f8 is horizontally pinned to the king. White is now threatening Qxg7#

Black will be forced to give up a lot of material in order to avoid the checkmate. Here’s the variations:

  • 1. Ne6 Rg8 2. Qxg7# (The rook is still pinned.)
  • 1. Ne6 Qxe6 2. Qxe6+-
  • 1. Ne6 Bh6!? (An interesting way to defend the g7-square) 2. Nxf8 Nxf8 3. Rxa8

Note that 1.Rxa8 Rxa8 2. Re8+ Rxe8 3. Qxe8+ (threatening Nf7+) Qf8 4. Qxd7 is also good for white.

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